Your attempts to live a holy life to earn salvation comes from your self effort or from following the law or from being a nice person. Unfortunately, there are so many people in this world who say, "I'm going to heaven because I've lived a good life." They're relying on their own righteousness. In fact, they could follow every one of the ten commandments, and that still wouldn't be good enough!
So, how, then, can we get into heaven? We are told in Philippians 3:9 that we're “found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." So when we have faith in God, when we have faith that brings salvation, then we have righteousness.
God's righteousness (a righteousness outside of ourselves) is what we need. When we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior by faith, we can have our sins forgiven, and then we are given the righteousness of Christ which belongs to God! Believe on Jesus Christ and put your trust completely on what He did on the cross (He died, shed His blood, was buried, and rose the third day). When the day of judgement comes, God will not look at our righteousness, but on Christ, His Son, who obeyed the law perfectly.
Pray something like this. “Dear Jesus, by faith I believe that only Jesus can save me from my sins because He is perfect and holy. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins; I repent of my sins and believe completely on Jesus for eternal life. Thank you Lord for giving me a new life in Christ! Amen.”
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